GSMI Strategic Relations Team Member
Leonor is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Laurie Comstock at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, working to understand the genomics and genetics of human gut bacteria from the order Bacteroidales. She grew up in Bogota, Colombia and completed her Chemical Engineering and Microbiology undergraduate studies at the University of the Andes in Colombia. Her doctoral work was performed under the supervision of Professor Michael Laub at MIT, where she acquired a strong background in bacterial genetics, physiology, genomics and interbacterial antagonism. Leonor has witnessed firsthand the social inequity and lack of opportunities that affect a large portion of the population in her home country and some demographics in the USA. She therefore feels deeply committed to facilitating the access to STEM education and scientific development in these populations, as a key factor for deeply needed social progress, and for the intrinsic value that people from these demographics bring to the science enterprise.